Summer Reading and Math
St. Anselm Catholic School has compiled Summer Reading Lists that includes grade/age appropriate, well written, interesting books selected to engage and entertain our young readers. Research tells us that children who read often are more likely to become good readers. Good readers are often more successful in school and beyond. It is our hope that the books on our recommended list encourage the life-long love of reading. Your child will read at least two books from the summer reading list. A summer assignment is included at each grade level. The lists are for the grade your child completed during the 2015-2016 school year. The assignment will be discussed on the first day of school, graded at the teachers’ discretion, and will count as one homework grade.
St. Anselm Catholic School has created Summer Math packets as well. These worksheets and activities follow the curriculum and standards used at St. Anselm and at the Archdiocese of Detroit. These packets should be completed over the summer and brought to class on the first day of school for evaluation. Like the reading lists, they will be graded at the teachers’ discretion and will count as one homework grade.
Tips for Families
Combine Activities with Books
Summer leaves lots of time for kids to enjoy fun activities such as going to the park, seeing a movie, or going to the beach. Why not also encourage them to read a book about the activity? If you’re going to a baseball game, suggest your child read a book about his or her favorite player beforehand. In the car or over a hot dog, you’ll have lots of time to talk about the book and the game.
Visit the Library
If your child doesn’t have a library card, summer is a great time to sign up. In addition to a wide selection of books to borrow, many libraries have fun, child-friendly summer reading programs.
Lead by Example
Read the newspaper at breakfast, pick up a magazine at the doctor’s office, and stuff a paperback in your beach bag. If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will understand that literature can be a fun and important part of their summer days.
Have Plenty of Material
Storybooks aren’t the only thing that kids can read for fun. Be sure to have newspapers, magazines, and informational material on hand that might spark the interest of a young reader.
Take your children to see a local storyteller or be one yourself. The summer months leave extra time for enthusiastic read-alouds with children no matter what their age.
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